It’s 2022, we’re in the third year of the global Covid-19 Pandemic and Ebola has broken out in Uganda.
Eight years ago in 2014, I wrote about the last wide-spread Ebola outbreak as it then unfolded. I spoke of Western racism and pandemic unpreparedness. I spoke of grave danger and existential health risk. What I didn’t realise until finding it in my archives the other day, was that it predicted the debacle that’s been the West’s response to Covid-19.
A month ago in September, Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni took great pains to depict his country’s Ebola outbreak in Covid-19 terms.
There’d be no lockdowns he said, “Ebola doesn’t spread like Covid which is airborne.” Ebola was “easier to manage” he said.
He all but used the phrase that Uganda would learn to “live with Ebola”, as has become the West’s official Covid-19 mantra.
Covid-19 is a terrible disease without cure. It causes suffering and long-term pain; it is airborne and it is mutating faster than epidemiologists foresaw. It has no season unlike the flu. It has killed over a million in the USA and over five million more worldwide.
Yet, its mitigations are simple—a series of protocols: Mask wearing, air filtration, social distancing, work and school from home, vaccination, testing, reporting, and tracing have stopped Covid-19 in its tracks.
As of writing, most Western governments have abandoned all stepping away from their legal requirement—“recommending” them only. In 2023 some will slowly return.
The catchcry of governments today, is “personal responsibly”. As if the average person in the street comprehends the nuance of pandemic infection-control much like they should surface-to-air missile defence.
The stage for Covid denial was set long ago. Look for comparisons below with Covid-19 today.
Originally published October 13, 2014, tidied for syntax.
Ebola Did the World Turn its Back?
There’s no escaping he fact: Ebola poses the greatest threat to the developed world since the great influenza pandemic of 1918-1920. And we’re not taking it seriously.
That Great Flu killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide. In Australia, according to the University of Sydney, “Almost 40 per cent of Sydney’s total population had influenza. In some areas of Sydney, the deaths from influenza accounted for 50 per cent of all.”
Six thousand in New South Wales died of that flu. The 1920 Australian Yearbook recorded 12,000 national flu deaths the year prior, while the US Department of Health and Human Services put its flu pandemic death toll at 675,000. Within a decade, survivors found themselves in the grip of the Great Depression, but that was so long ago.
In 2009 “Swine Flu” killed 1,600 Australians. What’s amazing is that it took three more years for experts to arrive at a guesstimate of its global fatalities. In 2012 the Sydney Morning Herald quoted the medical journal Lancet: “The influenza A subtype H1N1 ‘swine flu’ 2009 pandemic probably claimed more than a quarter of a million lives—15 times more than the 18,500 reported.”
Ominously it noted:
The elevated toll underlined the need for better planning and vaccine distribution, said a team of epidemiologists and physicians who made a statistical model based on population and infection estimates to present what they believe is a more accurate picture of the pandemic’s reach.
In other words, just two years ago  the United Nations World Health Organisation couldn’t say how many people died as a result of H1N1. Alarm bells for today should have rung right there.
Said the same Sydney Morning Herald article:
The estimate shows the difficulty in tracking the effect of a pandemic as it is unfolding … The researchers said 51 per cent of swine flu deaths were estimated to have occurred in south-east Asia and Africa, which account for 38 per cent of the world’s population.
And there’s the rub.
Now Ebola is in town. Where is it spreading from? Africa. How many has it killed globally as of writing? The Australian this morning could only guess, “Exceeding 4000.”
And once again, we have absolutely no idea what we’re up against. That’s why we should be worried. No, that’s too mild. “Scared beyond belief” – yes, that’s the much better mindset we should adopt.
What is Ebola? After all it’s just a disease in Africa—right?
Ebola is a virus spread by contact with bodily fluids—human or animal. Particularly blood. That’s quite appropriate because as some describe it, Ebola is the “bleeding disease”.
Ebola enters the bloodstream where it quickly replicates and thickens into clots that burst through the skin squeezing internal organs into a pain-searing goo. Eventually the liver, kidneys, intestines and brain liquefy; blood streams from the eyes, ears, nose and pores. Agony heralds death. Fever boils the cerebrum, while kidney failure or haemorrhaging eventually bring peace to the troubled soul.
And there is no known cure.
Taken as an existential risk to humanity, Ebola poses a greater threat than any conventional Al Qaeda plot, Hamas rocket, or ISIS beheading. Only an Iranian nuke could do more harm. Yet, all we need is a maniac self-infecting in Central Africa and twenty-one days later, spraying blood in Times Square for contemporary society to end.
Forget the Third World. The hospitals of the Developed World are far from ready for the victim-spread we may already have today. Do you think a local hospital could handle a single infection, followed by another: then even more by an exponential magnitude? Could you trust a doctor’s surgery for a visit? What are the protocols for disposing of tissues on airplanes and public places? Where is our health education?
Western governments are simply not synched for the care of their citizenry and they’ve waited too long to prevent infection born internationally. What exactly will a temperature screen achieve at an airport when a passenger has travelled days prior through ports of entry without scans? [At the time of writing, some Western airports had introduced temperature scans.] Can a scan detect incubation? My guess—no more than “Duck and Cover” might prevent nuclear fallout.
Rather, the United Nations unbelievably dallied without establishing an emergency quarantine of Africa; corrupt African politicians remained in power withholding medical aid for kickbacks; and the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas today, reported a “breach of protocol” resulting in the infection of a nurse on US soil.
First mention of the world “Ebola” should have sent the world’s health infrastructure into frenzy.
But it didn’t because “Ebola” means “Africa”—and Africa is “over there”. You’d better believe it though, had it been a suspected case of Mad Cow, say in Wyoming or an Australian cattle station, people would have acted fast.
So, now a biological time bomb ticks in emergency waiting rooms not merely in Sierra Leone. It’s one that will kill. And without immediate government direction the risk of unintentional spread will grow. As I write, the Australian government still doesn’t have its strategy on the right footing. Want to travel to Sierra Leone?
No problem, it says.
The government thinks you might want to “reconsider” though.
EPILOGUE—Covid Denial is Racist
Were there a Mad Cow outbreak in Wyoming or Australia, I said, the world’s response would have been rapid. The First World responds better to “White Diseases” was my intimation.
Has Covid-19 proven that theory wrong?
For a while in 2020, governments outside Northern Europe did try to eradicate Covid-19 through isolation. Some parts of Australia succeeded though the Scandinavians, particularly, didn’t approve.
Today, the Scandinavian push for “letting it rip” and “herd immunity without vaccine”—now called “hybrid immunity with vaccine”—have taken global hold.
In fact, the greatest proponents of that school are the world’s “whitest” countries: The USA—still fighting a Civil War against its blacks, England—once the par excellence colonial subjugator, Canada—with its ugly anti-indigenous stain, and Australia—that once shot its blacks as sport and then sported a “White Australia Policy” into the 1970s.
How can this be when Covid is airborne and can be minimised through simple mitigations like masks?
Well, Asians wear masks.
If Ebola is a “Black Disease”, then Covid-19 must be an “Asian Disease”.
That explains why Ebola wasn’t taken seriously by WHO in 2014 and is belatedly being taken seriously in Uganda today.
That’s why masks are seen as a “humiliation” by many in places like Australia, and why Europe is willing to kill its own rather than do the Oriental thing.
Valhalla is a Scandinavian invention: the anti-Semitism that blamed the Jews for the Bubonic Plague is European too.
The West is supremacist and the politics of Western Medicine are racist.
You’re living it.
© 2014, 2022 Adam Parker.
Graphic © 2014 Adam Parker. Photo background © 2014 World Health Organisation.